Projit B. Mukharji

Assistant Professor
Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
BA, Presidency College, Calcutta
Contact Information
Office Address: 
326 Claudia Cohen Hall
215 898 8697
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Teaching Fields: 

STM in Colonial India, Comparative Medicine, Asian Medicines, Science & the Supernatural, Biopiracy, Science & Race

Research Interests: 

Postcolonial Technoscience, Colonial Medicine, Indigenous Medical Traditions, Subaltern Science, Everyday Technologies, Race Science

Selected Publications: 


2016. Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2009. Nationalizing the Body: The Medical Market, Print and Daktari Medicine, London: Anthem Press [PB 2011, Indian Edn. 2012].

Edited Books:

2012. Medical Marginality in South Asia: Situating Subaltern Therapeutics, co-edited with David Hardiman, Abingdon: Routledge, Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories Series.

2010. Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective, co-edited with Waltraud Ernst and Anne Digby, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2008. Football: From England to the World, co-edited with Dolores Martinez, London: Routledge.

Select Journal Articles:

2016. “The Bengali Pharaoh: Upper-Caste Aryanism, Pan-Egyptianism, and the Contested History of Biometric Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Bengal”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Accepted.

2016. “Vernacularizing the Body: Informational Egalitarianism, Hindu Divine Design and Race in Physiology School Books, Bengal 1859-1877”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Accepted.

2016. “Feringhee Dharma: Augustinians, Amerindians and a Bengali deity in an early modern Iberian world”, South Asian History & Culture, 7:1, 37-54.

2015. “Profiling the Profiloscope: Facialization of Race Technologies and the Rise of Biometric Nationalism in Inter-war British India”, History and Technology, 31:4, 376-96. 

2015. "Technospatial Imaginaries: Masud Rana and the Vernacularization of Popular Cold War Geopolitics in East Pakistan, 1966-1971", History and Technology, 31:3, 324-40.

2014. "Swapnaushadhi: The Embedded Logic of Dreams and Medical Innovation in Bengal", Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 38:3, 387-407.

2014. "From Serosocial to Sanguinary Identities: Caste, Transnational Race Science and the Shifting Metonymies of Blood Group B, India c. 1918-60", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 51:2, 143-76.

2014. "Vishalyakarani as E. Ayapana:Retro-Botanizing, Embedded Traditions and Multiple Historicities of Plants in Colonial Bengal, 1890-1940", Journal of Asian Studies, 73:1, 65-87.

2013. "Munisipal Darpan: Imagining the Embodied State and Subaltern Citizenship in 1890s Calcutta", South Asian History & Culture, 4:1, 31-47.

2013. "In-Disciplining Jwarasur: The Folk/Classical Divide and the Transmateriality of Fevers in Colonial Bengal", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 50:3, 261-88.

2012. “The ‘Cholera Cloud’ in the Nineteenth Century ‘British World’: History of an Object-without-an-essence”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 86:3, 303-32.

2011. “Lokman, Chholeman and Manik Pir: Multiple Frames of Institutionalizing Islamic Medicine in Modern Bengal”, Social History of Medicine, 24:3, 720-38.

2010. “Babon Gaji’s Many Pasts: The Adventures of a Historian in a Counter-Archive”, Contemporary South Asia, 18:1, 89-104.

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